By Bill siNN
There’s an old saying that goes:
“Once you choose hope, anything is
Few people know that better than
Libby Gill. She has made the concept
of hope a cornerstone of her life—
both personally and professionally.
Gill is the founder and CEO of
Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and consulting
firm that helps companies such as
Disney, eBay, Kellogg, Microsoft,
Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo
create highly engaged cultures of
innovation, inspiration, and bold
She has also served as the former
head of communications and public
relations for Sony, Universal, and
Turner Broadcasting. She is an
accomplished international speaker,
bestselling author, and former Dallas
Morning News columnist.
Most importantly, Gill happens
to be the speaker for today’s Career
Skills Development Super Session
titled “Hope Theory: How Belief,
Behavior and Accountability Drive
High Performance,” scheduled from
9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
According to Gill, the mes-
sage of hope resonates with many
executives and managers in today’s
fast-paced, ever-changing world.
“The nature of change is changing,”
she says. “Change is more constant,
more complex, and it’s coming faster
everyday. Chaos is becoming the
According to Gill, most indi-
viduals are hard-wired to avoid
change. They are brought up to be
defenders of the status quo. Change
creates ambiguity. It causes fluidity
of functions and work roles and it
causes people to experience anxiety
She believes the challenge for today’s leaders is learning how to adapt
and succeed in this era of change.
And that’s where the concept of hope
theory comes into play.
She firmly believes hope is more
than just theory.
Over the last 10 years, there has
been a growing body of research
Gill Inspires Today’s Leaders with
Message of Hope, Accountability
done around hope by the medical
and psychological communities.
Gill references one ground-breaking
book written by Harvard Medical
School professor Dr. Jerome Groop-man titled Anatomy of Hope: How
People Prevail in the Face of Illness.
While the book centers on the im-
pact of hope on physical well-being,
Gill believes it applies just as well to
the business community.
“High-hope business leaders set
higher, more difficult goals,” said
Gill. “And they tend to be more
successful in their efforts. They help
to identify and articulate change, and
make it more understandable to their
What do business leaders need to
do today to be prepared for tomor-
row in the face of all this change?
Gill’s session is designed to give
participants a practical approach
to re-energize the workplace and
it offers hope as a call to action for
“Resistance is futile,” adds Gill.
“Fighting change is futile. The key is
to infuse today’s leaders with vision
and vitality and hope is the jet fuel to
Join Gill on Wednesday morning
as she helps insurance business exec-
utives ignite bold leadership, inspire
purpose and promote action in the
And remember another old saying: “Don’t lose hope. When the sun
goes down, the stars come out.”(